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The Father of the Mazda Miata Talks About his Creation

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Check out why Bob Hall was an absolute genius and true car guy.

Back in the early 1980s, automotive journalist Bob Hall presented a sketch of a two-seat convertible to some Mazda executives. His idea was a modern iteration of the classic British roadster – only one that didn't leak oil or potentially catch on fire due to faulty electrics. No, this proposed car would have Japanese build and engineering quality while providing a pure driving experience. That car became the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and those executives were so impressed by Hall's proposal they hired him to be a part of the car's development team.

It didn't hurt that he also spoke fluent Japanese. And after more than 30 years since his initial idea (and nearly a million examples sold), the fourth-generation MX-5 has just been revealed. Check out this video featuring Hall discuss Miata heritage at Mazda Race Laguna Seca. Remember, if it wasn't for him, there'd be no MX-5 Miata.

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